Student who smuggled “Squid Game” series into North Korea sentenced to death by firing squad

A man has reportedly been sentenced to death in North Korea for smuggling copies of the hit Netflix series “Squid Game” into the country.

According to Radio Free Asia (via Variety), authorities were tricked into finding the man after catching high school students watching the series.

The report states that “Squid Game” was smuggled into the country from China via the use of a USB stick. “Squid Game” is not available in China but remains popular thanks to hacking sites.

The smuggler faces death by firing squad, while the students involved in introducing “Squid Game” to the school face prison terms.

Radio Free Asia reports: “A student who bought a player was sentenced to life imprisonment, while six others who watched the broadcast were sentenced to five years of forced labor, and teachers and school administrators have been fired and face ban for working in remote mines. “

Created by Hwang Dong-hyuk, “Squid Game” is a South Korean survival thriller that follows a group of contestants who agree to participate in a mysterious survival game with a grand total prize totaling nearly $ 40 million.

The game features hundreds of contestants who play traditional children’s games with deadly twists. Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo and the star of Wi Ha-joon.

All nine episodes of the show’s first season debuted in September and the show has become a word of mouth sensation.

“Squid Game” racked up 1.6 billion viewing hours in its first 28 days of release, making it the greatest Netflix original television series in history and the biggest chunk of Netflix original content.

As Variety noted: “In December 2020, North Korea passed the” Elimination of Reactionary Thought and Culture “law, which prohibits the entry and dissemination of cultural material such as films, plays, music and books in the country.

The main purpose of the law is to prevent the broadcast of media from South Korea and the United States and those who distribute or consume it face penalties.

According to numerous reports, in April of this year a man was publicly executed for selling hard disks and CDs containing South Korean material.

Meanwhile, “Squid Game” is now streaming on Netflix worldwide. The streaming giant has yet to announce a second season, although its creator has publicly stated that another series of episodes will be happening.